South African health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says 240 health workers both in the public and private sector have died due COVID-19

South African health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says 240 health workers both in the public and private sector have died due COVID-19 related complications.

He also denounced the widespread corruption around the procurement of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment which some of the opposition parties say it led to the death of the health workers due to shortage of equipment.  He says they are committed to making sure that health workers are protected.

Mkhize says the number of both private and public health workers who are infected is around 31 000 and about 240 of those have died. He however promised that government will continue to commit themselves to ensure that all of them are protected as much as possible.

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